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News Release

Get Creative and Have Fun at the 6th Annual Fool for Art Festival

Primary Media Contact:
Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on March 24, 2011

News Release Highlights

  • A family-friendly day for the community
  • Features art, crafts, activities, demonstrations and educational sessions
  • Hosted by John Tyler Community College in partnership with Chesterfield County

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Have you always wanted to plant a vegetable garden but didn’t know where to start? Are you curious about Skype and how it can connect you to family and friends? Do you like taking photos but always wonder what you could do to make them better? Do you get the urge to hit the dance floor? Are you looking for that perfect piece of artwork to add pizzazz to your home? Are you thinking about continuing your education but aren’t quite sure what your options are? If you answered yes to one of more of these questions, then you’ll want to mark your calendar for the Fool for Art Festival. This annual event held by John Tyler Community College in partnership with Chesterfield County will take place Saturday, April 9, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the College’s Midlothian Campus.

Fool for Art is a day jam-packed with family fun, including art, music, over 125 hands-on activities and free educational sessions, and much more. Highlights include:

  • Art and craft area: Stroll through this area and shop from a huge selection of paintings, ceramics, glass art, jewelry, photographs, folk art and more.
  • Art of Learning Tent: Be prepared to get involved and get creative. Inside the tent, visitors will get to test their CSI skills, make a rocket, write poetry, take part in a dino dig, discover the art behind welding, and create a Picasso-inspired work with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – and that’s just the start!
  • Celebrate our Earth Tent: Want to go green? Chesterfield County wants to show you how. Learn about environmentally friendly lawn care, conservation, earth-friendly products, protecting and rehabilitating wildlife, and the newest eco-friendly cars. You can also play games, win prizes, and meet Recycle the Clown.
  • Free educational sessions, demonstrations and activities: Head inside the Academic and Science buildings for activities and sessions sure to interest people of all ages. Learn to make a movie, use science to decorate a t-shirt, learn new computer skills, get fit, find out how to design a backyard sanctuary, enjoy adventures with the Story Lady, get logical, find out how your teens can Sketch out their futures, and much more.
  • Music, dancing and comedy: Get ready to have more fun in the courtyard, which will be filled with music, dancing, games and skits.
  • Pet adoption: Meet our furry friends from BARK.
  • Paper shredding: Free document shredding will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in parking lot D.
  • Rain barrels and composters: Purchase rain barrels and composters at reduced prices, while supplies last, in parking lot D.
  • Food: Yummy offerings will be available throughout the day.

To learn more about Fool for Art, to get directions to the campus, and to find a complete list of art vendors, activities, sessions, special guests and food vendors, visit www.jtcc.edu/foolforart. Still want to know more? Contact Lisa Kendrick at lkendrick@jtcc.edu or 804-594-1527.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 20,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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